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Bro vs. Douchebag: Is There a Difference?

Listening to Phish. Wearing popped collars. Playing ultimate Frisbee. Flaunting the number of chicks bagged.

Are these the traits of a bro or a douche? Is there a difference? While pondering this question, you might want to pop over to, a "brocial" networking site created by 24-year-old Doug Banker, a hesitantly self-identified "bro" who wants to redeem bro culture from being demonized as douche culture. (Sample post: "What's More Bro: Oral or Anal Sex?")

Last year when the site was still under construction, he had this to say about the distinction: "[A] bro is just someone who likes to go out and have a good time, who likes to stay connected to their group of friends while expanding their horizons. It’s not one of our goals to make the word ‘bro’ more positive. But yes, hopefully, that will happen."

So is there a difference between a bro and a douchebag? Does it matter? Do you wish those words would go away? Inquiring minds want to know!

Image Source: Film Magic
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noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
dont they usually pronounce "bro" like "bra", it drives my boyfriend crazy when this guy at his job calls him that, we joke about it all the time.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
What about Broetts? I hear this term often living in Huntington Beach. All Ed Hardy boys need a Rocket Dog girl :)
nancita nancita 7 years
Whatever the subtle differences between "bro" and "douchebag," I think that photo really captures the essence of both.
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
haha tres, right about about the ed hardy comment
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Betty Wayne, I'm glad this post helped! I think basically some guys are douchebags in bro's clothing — which probably includes Ed Hardy garb.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
WHen i think of Bro I think of Ted and Barney from HIMYM! When i think of douchebag I think of spencer and brody. Bros are dudes who hang out together shamlessly who get out of hand but can keep each other in check. A douche bag is uncontrollable and doesn't listen to anyone but himself.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
I don't know... this is the lamest post I have read. A bro? really? that's just some thing guys call each other. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think its lame when guys call each other that but I am pretty sure calling someone a nickname does not determine if they are a douche or not.... really, come on.
JessRose JessRose 7 years
... I've never met a "Bro" who WASN'T a total douchebag... and I've never met a douchebag that wasn't also (by coincidence?) a "Bro"... I rest my case.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Wow. Reading parts of the Bro Bible answered a lot of questions I had about a particular ex of mine. He was sweet and sincere and amazing one-on-one but when he got together with the guys, he was a bro (douchebag). Then he got an apartment with a bro of his and turned to a bro (douchebag) pretty much all the time. For months I have been missing him and wondering what I did wrong and now I know. He was a bro (douchebag) to begin with. It's easiest to lie- or to pretend to be something you're not- when no one is around to call you out on it. I didn't do anything wrong. It was all him. A mountain of self doubt has been lifted off of my shoulders, I mean it. Thank you for posting this.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
Reading the Anal vs. Oral post was disgusting. Sounded like rape the way they were describing it: "tell them all about how you left the broads asshole looking like a crime scene while not forgetting to mention all the yelps and tears she let out when you tried to ram it in dry. You salty bastard." Then people commented back agreeing!!!!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
bella, the funny thing is that the word "bro" has been so culturally appropriated by the mainstream that it may not!!
bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
I'd like both words and both of these guys to disappear permanently...
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
Sounds like "bro" is how douchebags refer to one another.
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